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Guru Nanak

What is Guru Nanak?

In Sikh tradition, this is a celebration of Guru Nanak’s birthday (or Gurpurb). Guru Nanak is the founder of the Sikh religion. The celebration of Guru Nanak is generally recognised as one of the most important of the Gurpurbs

When is Guru Nanak?

Guru Nanak is tied into the Indian lunar calendar and typically falls in November, next taking place on Thursday 6 November 2014, you must remember  the celebrations both lead up to and follow the day itself.

What do people do during Guru Nanak?

All festivals which celebrate the lives of the Gurus involve the reading of the Sikh holy book continuously from beginning to end by a team of Sikh men and women each reading for 2-3 hours. This starts two days before the celebration and ends early on the morning of the birthday.

You would normally celebration at the Sikh place of worship (the Gurdwara) or at home begin as early as 4am and are followed by a celebratory community meal called langar.

  • For a closer working relationship for work colleagues might be nice to join in or supporting a charitalbe event
  • There should be an awareness and understanding maybe post some information on the staff notice board or evne in an email or in a newsletter
  • Employees may ask for leave for religious reasons. There is no legal requirement to accommodate requests .  Flexible working, annual leave or unpaid leave.
  • An employee may be involved in an early morning /late night activities which is associate with the celebrations.  Acknowledgement that an employee might be a little bit tired.
  • Breaks can be used either making them shorter or longer which may make it easier for an employee to manager their workload if they need to attend Gurdwaras services.